Universität Wien FIND

300454 UE Surface scanning for the visualization and measurement of biological form (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Besonders empfohlen als Ergänzung (MAN 3 Pflichtmodul Individuelle Spezialisierung) zu den Modulen MAN W1 Hominidenevolution und MAN W2 Verhaltensbiologie des Menschen.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to COVID-19 the practical course will be adapted to be held DIGITALLY via Moodle BigBlueButton.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 4 p.m.: Kick-off meeting, literature
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 10:00–12:00 and 14:00–16:00:
General introduction, demonstration of various applications in evolutionary anthropology
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 10:00–12:00 and 14:00–16:00:
Presentations of the reading materials, particularities of photogrammetry and software tips
Dienstag, March 23, 2021, 10:00–12:00 and 14:00–16:00: Postprocessing and analyses
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 10:00–12:00: Presenting the individual project progress
April tbd together with the participants: Individual oral presentations and questions
April tbd together with the participants: Show of the final 3D objects

Wednesday 03.03. 16:00 - 17:00 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 09.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 09.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: The aim is to teach the skills to independently surface scan, post-process, and analyze a medium complex object using the scanner and software of the department.

Contents: The course gives an introduction into different surface scanning methods, with an emphasis on optotopometric surface scanning. Besides calibration and the scanning itself, the post-processing and analyses of the data are emphasized.

Methods: brief lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises (individual as well as in class), conducting an individual scanning project under supervision.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation, presentation of a relevant scientific article or book chapter, individual practical final project and its presentation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A minimum of 51 points and attendance of more than 80% is required for the successful completion of the course. The single components are weighted as follows: Active participation (20 points), presentation of a relevant scientific article or book chapter (20 points), practical final project (3D model: 30 points, oral presentation and reply to questions: 30 points).

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of course work (prüfungsimmanent)!

Reading list

Adams JW, Olah A, McCurry MR, Potze S (2015). Surface Model and Tomographic Archive of Fossil Primate and Other Mammal Holotype and Paratype Specimens of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Pretoria, South Africa. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0139800.

Friess M (2012). Scratching the Surface? The use of surface scanning in physical and paleoanthropology. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 90: 7–31.

Modabber A et al. (2016). Evaluation of the accuracy of a mobile and a stationary system for three-dimensional facial scanning. Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery 44(10): 1719–1724.

Niven L, Steele TE, Finke H, Gernat T, Hublin J-J. (2009). Virtual skeletons: using a structured light scanner to create a 3D faunal comparative collection. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 2018–2023.

Przybilla H-J (2007). Streifenprojektion – Grundlagen, Systeme und Anwendungen. Hochschule Bochum, Fachbereich Vermessung und Geoinformatik. Beiträge zum 74. DVW-Seminar in Fulda, Band 53, ISBN_13: 978-3-89639-607-5, Seite 111–122.

Schneider TM, Hecht H, Carbon C-C (2012). Judging body weight from faces: The height -- weight illusion. Perception 41: 121-124.

Toma AM, Zhurov A, Playle R, Ong E, Richmond S. (2009) Reproducibility of facial soft tissue landmarks on 3D laser-scanned facial images. Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research 12: 33–42.

Further literature will be provided during the course.

Association in the course directory

MAN W5 , MAN 3

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